Sunday, 5 December 2010
As sundays in Paris there's not much to do, and as the cold that I'm suffering during these last days completely has erased my wish to come out, I've found nothing better to do than spending this whole sunday at home nibbling sweets and candies... the all accompanied also by a mug of hot chocolate... and during this busy and tiring activity I've met a new sweet chocolate little friend, which I discovered to be also a legendary character of the gourmand French universe: le Petit Ourson Guimauve! This is the typical candy of French childhood; it's indeed since 45 years ago that this little chocolate bear is the favourite snack of parisian schoolboys that, after school, have unfailingly a bellyful of them pillaging the first boulangerie they found!
This little bear has two peculiarities. The first is its particular taste. It is not a simply chocolate with the shapes of a bear, as it could seem at first glance; it is indeed a marshmallow covered by a coat of milk chocolate and the result of this mix is quite strange and exotic for me, as I'm Italian and I'm not used at all to marshmallows, but it is really delicious, crisp on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle... the second feature is their packing: for each christmas, you can find special collector metal packs of these candies, designed by talented artists. This year, for instance, the petit ourson asked to Mzelle-Fraise, a young French designer that I love very much, to draw its special metal box. She's drawn a wonderful texture of which you can find some details here:
draws by Mzelle-Fraise
In this new box, there is for the first time the whole bear family: mummy, daddy, and little ones... they're insomuch cute as I wanted to dedicate them this my new stamp set... I hope you like it, you can overuse them without the risk of toothache. You can find them for sale on my etsy shop...
Etichette: Handcarved Rubber Stamps